Lithuania: Ban Chinese phones over China's censorship; China to ban karaoke songs with "illegal content"



Saturday, September 25, 2021

Example of Xiaomi phone.
(Photo: ChinaAid resource)

(ChinaAid, Midland, TX—September 25, 2021) Two recent article titles: 1) "Lithuania tells citizens to throw out Chinese phones over censorship concerns," and  2) "China to ban karaoke songs with ‘illegal content’ that endangers national unity," reflect a sampling of current, critical contemporary concerns regarding the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) quest for international control.

An excerpt from The Guardian's post, "Lithuania tells citizens to throw out Chinese phones over censorship concerns," published September 22, asserts: 

 

Lithuania’s Defence Ministry has recommended that consumers avoid buying Chinese mobile phones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now, after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities.

Flagship phones sold in Europe by China’s smartphone giant Xiaomi Corp have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as “free Tibet”, “long live Taiwan independence” or “democracy movement”, Lithuania’s state-run cybersecurity body said on Tuesday.

The capability in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software had been turned off for the European Union region, but can be turned on remotely at any time, the ministry’s national cybersecurity centre said in the report.

“Our recommendation is to not buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as fast as reasonably possible,” deputy minister of defence Margiris Abukevicius told reporters in introducing the report.


The Guardian's article, "China to ban karaoke songs with ‘illegal content’ that endangers national unity," published during August, reveals that:

China will establish a blacklist of karaoke songs to ban those containing “illegal content” from karaoke venues across the country starting from 1 October, according to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The ministry said banned content would include that which endangers national unity, sovereignty or territorial integrity, violates state religious policies by propagating cults or superstitions, or which encourages illegal activities such as gambling and drugs.


Bob Fu, PhD., founder of ChinaAid notes that contrary to the positive façade China tries to project, reflected by the CCP's Ministry of Culture and Tourism and other Party organizations regarding human rights under the control of the CCP:


By nature, the CCP refuses to permit the perception of an individual, group or institution as independent of the party’s complete control.


Xi envisions the control of the CCP to encompass every aspect of the lives of Chinese citizens; from poor farmers to white collar workers; from students to soldiers. The party predicts that it will embed its atheistic philosophy in each facet of Chinese society. Nevertheless, because it has not derived public trust and recognition democratically, to legitimize and maintain its authority, the regime must continuously resort to using repressive instruments and tools of propaganda.


The Chinese government has immensely invested in facial recognition technology as well as coercive DNA collection. They use information retrieved from these tactics to track anyone who appears to be a challenge to Communist control—religious or not.*


As Dr. Fu leads ChinaAid to expose the CCP's abuses, contrary to the Party's desire to rule the world, he encourages others to remember—"God remains in control."


*Excerpts used by permission from Wipf and Stock Publishers,



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finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
 but rather expose them. 
For it is shameful even to speak of those things 
which are done by them in secret.
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